Very small but very cool

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

RIS­ING golf star Char­lotte West, 17, an Eng­land 16 and un­der squad mem­ber has been nom­i­nated for the healthy life­style award.

She is the Bucks Ladies County Ju­nior Cap­tain, and leads a field of fe­male ju­niors.

Char­lotte has been nom­i­nated for the healthy life­style award.

Ru­pert Pil­grim, who is in­volved with ju­nior devel­op­ment at Hare­wood Downs Golf Club, nom­i­nated Char­lotte for the award.

Mr Pil­grim said: “She’s a child can­cer sur­vivor, her child­hood leukaemia has af­fected her growth and she has al­ways been at a phys­i­cal dis­ad­van­tage to her peers and other com­peti­tors.”

He added: “She never has ever used this as an ex­cuse, but much more as a driv­ing force to­wards com­pe­ti­tion. She is very com­pet­i­tive

Healthy life­style – spon­sored by Uni­ver­sal Care

but also a fan­tas­tic sportswoman, who takes de­feat gra­ciously. A very small, but very cool young woman.”

Char­lotte, who at­tends Amer­sham and Wy­combe Col­lege, said: “I am flat­tered to be nom­i­nated for the award. I play be­tween three and five hours of golf ev­ery day.” THE man­ag­ing direc­tor of an in­sur­ance bro­kers firm has been put for­ward for the Em­ployee of the Year award af­ter he raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity by be­com­ing a part­time pugilist.

Chris Luker has been anony­mously nom­i­nated for the ac­co­lade af­ter he raised £4,330 for The Pep­per Foun­da­tion by com­pet­ing in a char­ity boxing bout at the In­sur­ance Fight Night on June 19 in 2014.

The Pep­per Foun­da­tion pro­vides round-the-clock care for se­ri­ously and ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren through­out the Chilterns area of Hert­ford­shire and Buck­ing­hamshire. They also pro­vide in­valu­able sup­port to the fam­i­lies of the ill chil­dren. Other em­ploy­ees of the Amer­sham­based char­tered in­sur­ance bro­kers also raised money for the char­ity dur­ing an 18-month fundrais­ing feat, which ended dur­ing Na­tional Chil­dren’s Hospice Week in May.

Col­lec­tively, the group raised £7,554.55 for the char­ity.

When asked about his nom­i­na­tion, Mr Luker said: “I am sur­prised but also it is quite a good feel­ing re­ally.

“My back­round is in rugby, I played for Amer­sham and Chiltern for years but I can’t play that any­more and I was look­ing for a new chal­lenge. This (boxing) just landed in my lap.” A SHOP­KEEPER who has opened her store al­most ev­ery morn­ing with­out fail for the past 30 years has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Bucks Award.

Carol Mor­ris, who owns Car­rols iron­mon­gers in Hill Av­enue, Amer­sham, rarely takes a day off work and opens the store all year, even Christ­mas Day.

She has been nom­i­nated for the em­ployee of the year cat­e­gory for her will­ing­ness to go the ex­tra mile for her cus­tomers.

She has per­son­ally opened the shop al­most ev­ery morn­ing since 1985.

Of her de­ci­sion to open on Christ­mas Day, Carol, of Amer­sham, said: “I used to do char­ity work on Christ­mas Day.

“Then I de­cided the shop was in a mess so I went in to tidy up. I used to get cus­tomers com­ing in for a chat. “It’s a nice day be­cause we can help peo­ple out. Christ­mas is all about help­ing oth­ers.”

She em­ploys a small staff to help her run the store, which has only been closed to cus­tomers for one day in the mid-90s when thieves broke into Carol’s van and stole a bag con­tain­ing the shop keys.

Speak­ing of her nom­i­na­tion she said: “It would be an award for all those other self-em­ployed work­ers who carry on with their lives on a quiet ba­sis.”

Rafe Chiles award (un­der 18) nom­i­nee – spon­sored by Evo­lu­tion

Alexander Jan­sons Young Peo­ples award (for 18-25s) – spon­sored by Alexander Jan­sons Foun­da­tion

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